Snail's Postcard Post

A Natural Beauty

A natural beauty…That’s what our planet is. It’s no wonder a great proportion of postcards are devoted to landscape. Sifting through the nature photographs that probably make up a third of my postcard collection, I pulled out the ones that thoroughly dazzle me even though I’ve looked at them a hundred times. 

This postcard was published by the Buddhism-oriented paper graphics company, Tushita. Because it’s more of a photography postcard, not one sold at a specific place for visitors to send, it does not say where the photo was taken. As a Southwest devotee, I wish I knew! It reminds me of one of my favorite places, Cedar Mesa, along Comb Ridge in Southeast Utah. I can tell for sure, however, that  that is a Bristlecone Pine, the longest-living species on earth. In fact, it is likely a Great Basin Bristlecone, a subspecies that includes Methuselah among its ranks. The oldest known non-clonal organism, Methuselah is a single Great Basin Bristlecone in California’s Inyo National Forest that is 4,844 or -5 years old!


Cypress tree on Monterey Bay, California



From Grandma & Grandpa Snail


I found this grounded yet ethereal postcard at Grandma Snail’s

I accidentally left out this hazily magical postcard from my Aug. 4 post So glad to have the opportunity to share it now.

From Mama Snail on one of her early book tours. To see and read her complete postcards from that round of tours, check out the very first Postcard Post!


One of Colorado’s proud 14’ers (elevation 14,275′), Torreys Peak. For more postcards from the majestic Centennial State, check this post out:

Although not contiguous like the most expansive curtain of water, Victoria Falls, the awe inspiring Iguazú Falls is the widest in the world. Reportedly, when Eleanor Roosevelt visited, she exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” The legend behind this incredible geologic site  is that a god had planned to marry a beautiful mortal woman, but she fled with her mortal lover in a canoe down the Iguazú River. Furious, the god hacked the river in two, disjointing it, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.




From the beautiful, authentic series of postcards Grandpa Snail brought back from work in Micronesia as a civil engineer in the 1980’s. For the whole series, see this post!

There are so many natural wonders I’d like to see, or at least get a taste of through a postcard. Clearly, the postcards I selected here–just from my own collection–are not at all representative of the many splendorous environments our planet bears.  But the narrow handful here reminds me of the natural beauty of the earth in general.   




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